Drew Hamblen Joins the Fairview Team

The wait is finally over and we’re thrilled to have Drew Hamblen back since he left home in 2003 for military training and service. He’s settled right in as Fairview CFO and looks forward to meeting you. In conjunction with adding Drew to the team, we are pleased to announce the creation of Fairview Custom Homes, LLC and sharp new branding seen here on our site!

Here’s more about Drew:

Drew Hamblen

Having served for 11 years as a United States Naval Aviator and recently exiting at the rank of Lt. Commander, Drew joined Fairview in early 2018 to partner with Chris and Steve in business. He transitioned from a promising military career as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor pilot, in order to bring his creative energies to Fairview in a more family-focused enterprise here in the Carolinas. Drew hopes to help fulfill our multi-generational commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our homeowners, many of whom have served our country as well. Drew majored in International Affairs at Georgetown University, completed his MBA at the University of North Carolina’s  Keenan Flagler business school and specialized in contingency operations and safety programs in the Navy to prepare him to be an effective company manager and CFO at Fairview.

What does it cost to build a custom home?

Without a doubt, the most talked about variable in custom housing is price. Widely considered to be the “standard real estate method,” the term most people use to start this discussion is cost per square foot. Sales executives use it, friends and neighbors use it, and often times builders use it as well. What does cost per square foot really include, though? Is it an effective way to compare builders and home plans?

If you have decided to build a home, or have done so in the past, then you have likely heard of most if not all of these phrases (and perhaps did not even realize that they are so different). Cost per finished square foot, cost per heated square foot, cost per conditioned square foot, cost per square feet under roof, and cost per square foot are all used by different firms and in different ways.

Are you aware that a standard custom home can have anywhere from 500-1,000 square feet of unfinished mechanical and storage rooms? Most architectural plans will not account for that space in the “total living space” figure, and so a builder might not include that space in their “cost per SF” figure. What about landscaping features and driveways, are those included in “under-roof square foot” figures? From Property Owner’s Association fees, to county water tap fees, to lake docks and garage spaces, there is a multitude of cost items that are often left out entirely when discussing initial estimates to build a home.

An article in Professional Builder Magazine (Nov. 2014) discusses a topic and puts it, rather bluntly, in a way that many builders can relate with. “The fact is, price per square foot is the least accurate and, frankly, the most ridiculous way to determine the true value of a home”. Why is this so? We have seen that there are many variables that need to be discussed when speaking about unit pricing. Additionally, price and value are not the same concepts. Every make of automobile has a price, but what is the value that a particular automaker’s brand conveys? What is the quality of construction, and finish, of that specific car? Unity pricing only applies to identical and identifiable equal units. Before you select your next home builder, request that they thoroughly convey to you what exactly they are including in their cost estimates, and additionally, ask them what intangible value their process and product has that competitors might lack. Remember, building a home is an emotional journey. This journey can be exciting, or it can be miserable depending on how it is managed. Can the value of the experience that a builder will offer be factored into a cost per square foot estimate?

By: Chris Hamblen GM/COO

Apples to Apples

While reading through a trade publication recently, I came across a concept that really stood out to me as I thought about what values Fairview offers as a homebuilder. Speaking on ways for builders to differentiate themselves from the competition, John McManus put it well: “It comes down to your ability to make your square foot more alluring, valuable, and resilient than the next guy’s (Builder Magazine).” Fairview offers a wonderful product that considers each of these traits.

Alluring –Architectural roofs, stained cedar shake siding, hand crafted cabinetry, natural stone veneers, exquisite granite counter tops, and intricate post and beam structures are just a few of the many top-end finishes that our craftsmen and subcontractors expertly mold into each home we build. Whether your home comes from a plan or is custom design drawn from the ground up, we help you to achieve a unique look that is all your own.

Valuable – With each home that we build, we understand that our clients are entrusting us with a considerable investment. It is our goal and desire to see that we are managing this investment wisely so that maximum value is incorporated into the home from start to finish. At times, this value comes in the form of a top-end finish that is unrivaled in quality and beauty. At others, the best value might not be attained with the grandest finish, and in actuality, our clients may at times rest easier knowing that we were careful to give them more bang for their buck.

Resilient – One of Fairview’s greatest attributes is our dedication to creating the strongest and most durable homes around. When it comes to luxury and retirement homes, maintenance is not something that we want our clients to deal with any more than they have to. This is why we do not believe in shortcuts and insist on going the extra mile when we feel it necessary. Poured concrete foundations, foam insulation, high-efficiency windows, and countless other high-performance products help to ensure that our homes are built on quality and will continue to be quality investments for their owners well into the future.

By: Chris Hamblen, COO

Fairview Completes Beautiful Showcase Home

There’s energy in the air! In conjunction with the grand opening of the Gary Player Signature golf course in Mountain Park, Fairview is thrilled to announce completion of our beautiful model home in Mountain Park. Located on Highridge Parkway just inside the main gate, Fairview’s Model Home offers residents and future homeowners alike the chance to see a truly special home. Whether you want to see what’s possible with high-end finishes or wish to purchase a stunning home, we welcome your visit and hope to see you soon!


Confidence from Afar

It’s no secret that building a home is one of life’s many stressful mountains to climb, even despite the wonderful downhill ride that is seeing one’s dreams come to fruition. Add to this the challenge of building a home in another state, and the challenge can often appear overwhelming and insurmountable.

This challenge is something that Fairview Builders knows well and deals with quite often, and we feel that we’re better than ever at helping our clients achieve an excellent result with minimal stress. Throughout our nearly 14 year history in the custom home market, we’ve dealt with far more out-of-town clients than locals. Our market is centered on the luxury resort and golf communities scattered around North and South Carolina, and that typically means that we deal with clients that are nearing retirement, already retired but looking to relocate, or who want a second or third home in the beautiful foothills and lakes of the Carolinas.

The goal: being trustworthy stewards of the significant investments that our clients entrust us with and seeing that our clients come out of this process with the home they’ve dreamed of. The strategy? Communication and transparency. Fairview embraces the opportunity to construct beautiful homes while honoring your busy schedule and your hard earned expectations. We keep you informed of the many possibilities you may wish to pursue on each finish, while using our experience in partnering with you to stay accountable for the budget you wish to follow. We organize information in ways that we’ve found to make the most sense to homeowners so that you don’t feel led into the unknown.